Manila Mayor and presidential candidate Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso stressed “I am not an angel nor perfect,” in response to criticisms after he traded barbs with Vice President Leni Robredo over issues on the Marcoses.
“It’s not rudeness if they, the poor, would answer back... But that is already water under the bridge, let’s move on,” Domagoso, the standard-bearer of Aksyon Demokratiko, said.
Domagoso came under fire after he strongly criticized Robredo’s pronouncement that she opted to run because she does not want former Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos to become president.
She also earlier initiated “unity talks” but did not elaborate on why the talks with Domagoso and Senators Manny Pacquiao and Panfilo Lacson had not been succesful.
Pacquiao and Lacson also filed their candidacies for the presidential race in next year’s elections.
Domagoso said he is running “not to exact vengeance on anyone or any political family” but to replicate what he had done for Manila.
He said his life is an open book and is not ashamed of his past as a garbage collector and a slum dweller in Tondo. Domagoso revealed was at the receiving end of “hurtful words” because of his humble beginnings. He also denounced those who branded him as a pornography actor.
A group that helped catapult former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III to Malacanang meanwhile has thrown its full support to Domagoso s presidential.
Bagong Pnoy, led by its founder and president Juvy Catajoy, personally went to Manila City Hall office on Thursday to pledge the group’s support for Domagoso’s presidential bid.
Catajoy stressed that the group is backing Domagoso because they believed that only he can lift the country out of poverty.
“We saw that Mayor Isko succeeded to put Manila in order despite limited time and city resources. We are hoping that he can do this for the whole country,” Catajoy said. With Rey E. Requejo